Announcing: Olympia Software Craftsmanship Workshop

May 5th, 2009

Some of us folks from ALT.NET Seattle have been working on putting together a workshop for developers in Olympia, WA, focusing on Software Craftsmanship – which, to us, means caring about our craft and applying the principles we know work to what we are doing. The workshop is inspired by some of the discussions started in the much despised, “Why So Mean” session at the recent Seattle ALT.NET conference, as well as discussions in the follow up (and less controversial) “ALT.NET Pedagogy” session, as well as what @briandonahue has been doing in Philadelphia with the “Foundation Series.”

I am hoping this will raise the bar a little bit and get more people walking the walk. My view has always been that we all have to work together, so better to get everyone up to speed on what’s working and what’s not, and for as many people to be passionate and excited about the work they are doing as possible.

Anyway, here’s the official announcement:

You’re at work and you catch yourself writing another 100 line method that you can’t test and really can’t even understand. You scour the internet for ideas but there are so many ideas. Some say don’t test, others says don’t test anything, still others say test every keystroke! You just let your head drop to your desk with a solid thud. You think to yourself, “Is this really the best I can do?”

The Olympia Software Craftsmanship Workshop is one day workshop, developed with the intention of increasing the level of awareness of practices and skills that can improve our software.

Any developer interested in improving and learning new skills is welcome. If you can bring a laptop, please do. We will provide the software you need. If you can’t bring a laptop, don’t worry, you can pair up with someone who has one.

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What: Olympia Software Craftsmanship Workshop

Where: Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501

When: Saturday June 6, 2009.  10 am to 4 pm

How much does it cost? $25.00 to cover the cost of the facility and lunch.

How do I sign up? Go to www.olympiasoftwarecraftsmanship.org

The workshop is hosted by members of the South Sound.NET users group and Alt.Net Seattle who want to help others build better software.

For more information: http://github.com/altnetseattle/olympia_software_craftsmanship_workshop/tree/master

Or contact Bobby Johnson at bobby.johnson@gmail.com

I hope to see some of you there!

  • http://www.blogcoward.com jdn

    Obviously, I understood what you meant, but I think you should hope to see everyone there…lol.

  • http://elegantcode.com David Starr

    Dude, I soooo want to go to this.

  • http://elegantcode.com Chris Bilson

    @jdn
    nice! I am not _that_ optimistic.

    @David
    I am learning a lot about new tools that have been invented (ex., EventBrite.com) that make it really easy to put on a small event like this. It’s a brave new world. I hope to post about it soon. You guys should do workshops in Boise.